Questions related to Arachnology
I am interested in developing a list of foundations that provide grants for young researchers' projects, mainly in Evolution, Behavior, or Arachnology.
The reason for starting this discussion is a very arrogant, abusive, hateful (and of course anonymous) review that we received for our manuscript, submitted in Arachnology https://bioone.org/journals/arachnology lately. Almost all of the reviewer’s comments started with phrases like: very boring; useless; non-essential; a fairy tale as for example “Alice in Wonderland”; limited experience in spider taxonomy; very limited knowledge about spider taxonomy by the authors, or even “preoccupied with nationalism” ??? Apart from us, the reviewer abuses also some other authors that we cited in our manuscript.
The point here is not about positive or negative review, but for the ethics in peer reviewing and the language of the reviewer. And my question is should the editors accept such nonsense as a valid review and send it to the authors at all? In many high impact Journals like https://plos.org/resource/ethics-for-peer-reviewers/ , there are reviewer’s guidelines and respectful and professional language is explicitly required. Although such guidelines are missing in Arachnology, or at least I couldn’t find them, I still think that such hateful remarks should not be accepted by the editor. It’s interesting to hear the colleagues’ opinions about this.
The domestic house spider is a very common guest in human dwellings, but I found little literature about its biology. Is there any research?
This is water mite from Carpathians spring (Chornohora massif, 1210 m above sea level). I've never seen something similar. Help, please, with identification of its may be order or genera. Sorry for the poor quality photos.
I know that the number of eggs can be extremely variables, from 1 (some cave-dwelling species) up to hundreds. However, I don't known if an estimation for the highest number has ever been put forward.
Also, a reference pointing out the species which can lay the highest number of cocoons would be equally useful.
As far as I have read from journals, 100 spiders of identical species are at least needed to extract its venom from the venom glands which will then be homogenized followed by centrifugation to obtain the supernatant which is considered as the crude venom extract.
I am doubting if I'll be able to collect that number of spiders. So, I am asking if it is fine to collect spiders lower than that number, guaranteed that I will still obtain an efficient data. Kindly support your answers by citing some references. Thank you!
Considering the minimal amount of venom that could be extracted from spiders, is it fine to collect then pool together the venoms of several spiders with the same species? If yes, is it necessary to catch them on the same location?
Recently I took some photos of this spider in a cave in the northern Peruvian Andes. Can anyone identify the Species, Genus or Family?
Thank you very much !
I am looking to pool together any contemporary spider sleep studies to use as background research for a study defining sleep in spiders. This may include comparative studies across various species. A clear definition of sleep in spiders will make for a useful variable in various follow up studies on spider behavior, involving communication, social behavior, personality, foraging and others! Any information is appreciated.
I was looking at different insects and arachnids and noticed some that had bright blue fluorescent eyes when excited with UV (@ 360-380 nm) equipped with a 410 nm longpass filter. Does this mean that the fluorescent eyes ensure they can see within those wavelengths or is it due to the various pigments present in their eyes and some just so happen to be fluorescent? Not entirely sure on this one.
Answers are much appreciated
I am planning to go for creating a transgenic spider. Can anyone help me by giving the methodology involved in the Target vector and helper plasmid construction.
I will be very grateful if someone can bit elaborate on this line.
I wanted to observe its natural activities in the wild. I am very interested in its taxonomy and others observable behaviors/characters.
Pardosa altitudis, Leucage celbesiana, Neoscona rumpfi, Theridion manjathar, Pardosa cribata, Erigon atra, Lepthymphantes tenuis
If you have worked with any of these exotic spiders, I am compiling a meta-analysis of functional response curves and would be helpful to know their size (specifically length). The data for the size of these spiders seems unavailable in any publications I have seen or databases. Thank you!
Does anybody help me to identify the spider from the dauber wasp Sceliphron destillatorius breeding camera ? Two of three species I identified, and for other just suppose that it can be from woolf spiders. Is'nt it? Body length 4-5 mm.
Greetings. I'm just preparing a sci. note about spider predation on Uropygy, but I haven't found any valuable information. I'd greatly appreciate if you can suggest some literature, since my search in data bases have been unsuccessful. Thanks in advance
Based on my current field experience I can say that simpler methods (eg. netting, soil traps) worked with only "accidental results". There were only a few cases when more than 3-5 spiders were caught in one sample. It has to be noticed that they weren't target group so far.
If any of you works with this group and can mention an efficient sampling method I would be extremely grateful! :-)
Somebody could identify this spider. It is a Latrodectus species. What kind of Latrodectus is it? I fotographed it in Lybia, Marsa El Brega, 16th January 2015. I think this is new spec. for Lybia (probably even for North Africa?)?
I would do an investigation about spiders in the city of Puebla, Mexico.In this Project I will identify the spiders until the gener. I already look for it but I didn´t find it. Someone can help me with this?
I have began to identify an old sample of spiders conserved in glycol for a short study. I would like to use common names in the taxonomic list besides the scientific ones and I am looking for a list of accepted names for the species. The key I am using provides only scientific names. I would be thankful is someone could help me.
Hi, guys. I want to perform a calibrated divergent dating with fossils, How should I reasonably choose the fossil calibrations and how many should I choose. By the way, I am working with spider phylogeny.
few specialists in Libya who can identify spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks ,...... etc,